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Friday, April 29, 2011

NY: Councilman's Aide Found Dead

Hope Reichbach

A 22-year-old aide to a Brooklyn city councilman was found dead inside her downtown Brooklyn apartment on Thursday, sources tell NBC New York.

Hope Reichbach, who worked for Councilman Steve Levin and was also the daughter of Judge Gustin Reichbach, was found dead at her Schermerhorn Street apartment Thursday evening.

Sources tell NBC New York they suspect she overdosed; it is not clear whether it was intentional or an accident. Police don't suspect foul play.

Reichbach, who grew up in Boerum Hill and attended Hunter College High School, ran for district leader last year, according to her former campaign website.

She wrote on the site about wanting to unite her generation and help build a stronger Democratic party in Brooklyn.

In a campaign video where local leaders endorsed Reichbach, community organizer Betty Lester praised the young woman's dedication.

"She has a passion to improve the quality of her district," Lester said.

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